"The Summer Institute was invigorating! The interconnections between social justice, equity and sustainability principles are now at the forefront of child-centered learning in and out of my classroom. CELF’s place-based learning approach enhanced my ability to incorporate nature and real world experiences into standards-aligned curriculum. It was a transformative week!”

Robin Farrell
STEAM Teacher
Hillside Elementary School
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

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Education for Sustainability

July 13-16, 2020

Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY


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Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. Discover how to transform student learning into an authentic exploration of real-world problems and solutions. Deepen your knowledge of sustainability principles and practices to inspire your students to become Earth Citizens of a sustainable future.

CELF Professional Learning Model

Big Ideas of Sustainability is a learning lens for an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, campus and community.

Place, Problem and Project-based Learning engages students in real-world problem solving to create relevant and purposeful curriculum units while meeting academic standards.

Three E’s of Sustainability aim to connect learning to relevant environment, equity and economic issues.

Highlights for 2020: Climate and Social Justice, New Presenters

Climate Change: Participate in Climate Interactive’s role-play workshop using the cutting edge En-Roads simulator

Equity: Help students understand the causes and consequences of social equity issues through the lens of environmental justice

Civic Science: Engage with local sustainability issues through student-led inquiry

CELF has been conducting Summer Institutes in Westchester County for more than a decade and has trained more than 1,000 teachers. 

Listen to what these alums have to say about the Summer Institute:

Takeways for Summer Institute Participants 

When you leave, you will be able to:

  • Develop and/or redesign curriculum plan or place-based lesson, connected to the Big Ideas of Sustainability
  • Connect to a community of educators and local stakeholders engaged with environmental literacy
  • Create Project Implementation planner geared to a school-wide initiative or project that engages students and the community
  • Gain access to CELF Education for Sustainability Toolkit of Resources

The CELF Summer Institute experience is most effective when you attend with a team of your peers. We hear from our many alums that support from and collaboration with colleagues amplifies the benefits that emerge from the Summer Institute.